Episode 420

VFW National Chaplain of the Year, Pastor Performs CPR During Drug Overdose & Why You Should Memorize Scripture

Aug 22, 2023

When Manuel “Don” Biadog Jr., looks back on his 30-year ministry as a Navy chaplain many highlights come to mind. When pastor Dale Huntington took his family and a group of GenSend interns out for ice cream, he wasn’t expecting to perform CPR on a man who was likely experiencing a drug-overdose. And, in a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Glenna Marshall talks about the importance of memorizing Scripture and offers specific techniques she’s found are helpful to commit God’s Word to heart and mind.

Transcript

When Manuel “Don” Biadog Jr., looks back on his 30-year ministry as a Navy chaplain many highlights come to mind: accompanying a Marine on his final trip home after he was killed in Afghanistan; sharing his cell phone number with some of the 2,100 Americans rescued by the military after a tsunami in Japan; giving a teddy bear to a 6-year-old boy who lost everything during Hurricane Sandy.

Biadog was named the Chaplain of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) during a ceremony at Post 7907 in Poway, Calif., where he is a member. He is a chaplain ambassador for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), and missions/executive pastor at Old Town Community Church in San Diego.

Biadog graduated from William Carey University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s served on 12 military bases and had five tours overseas including one during combat, in addition to deploying for various disasters, including 9/11.
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When pastor Dale Huntington took his family and a group of GenSend interns out for ice cream, he wasn’t expecting to perform CPR on a man who was likely experiencing a drug-overdose.

While the group was getting ice cream, they noticed a man being dragged out of the market area where they were and being placed on the sidewalk. People were slapping the man to wake him as he started to lose consciousness.

Huntington, lead pastor at City Life Church in southeast San Diego, said it was clear the man was most likely a drug overdose. The pastor asked all those gathered if anyone had Narcan.

Narcan or Naloxone is a nasal spray that reverses the immediate effects of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine.

The man on the sidewalked died and Huntington made a vow to not only carry Narcan but to make it a ministry to provide it to stores he frequents and trains employees on how to use it.

He says the ministry has opened the door for conversations about drug addiction, but, even more, about the hope that is found in Christ.
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In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Glenna Marshall talks about the importance of memorizing Scripture and offers specific techniques she’s found are helpful to commit God’s Word to heart and mind.

She writes, “Anything we want to remember, we must remember or rethink. Repetition aids us in moving a phrase or sentence from Scripture from the unknown to the well-known. Whatever method or combination of methods suit you best, they won’t work without repetition.”

The piece is full of helpful, practical tips for you to commit God’s Word to memory.

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